Political Notes: Delaney plans to stay in presidential race through Iowa caucuses

Political Notes: Delaney plans to stay in presidential race through Iowa caucuses

Plus: Rockville council candidate receives high-profile endorsements; State delegate runs 70 miles to support inmate re-entry

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Presidential candidate John Delaney.

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Delaney plans to stay in presidential race through Iowa caucuses

Former U.S. Rep. John Delaney plans to remain in the presidential race through the Iowa caucuses in February, despite failing to qualify for the fourth Democratic presidential debate in Toledo on Oct. 15.

Delaney announced his plans in an interview with Montgomery Community Media on Wednesday. The six-year Congressman launched his campaign in July of 2017 and is currently polling at 0%, according to an Oct. 8 poll from Quinnipiac University.

Delaney said his centrist policy proposals make him more qualified than his competitors to face off against President Donald Trump.

Rockville Council Candidate Receives High-Profile Endorsements

Beryl Feinberg, an incumbent Rockville councilwoman running for re-election, recently announced a slew of endorsements from county officials, state politicians, and former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.

State’s Attorney John McCarthy was among the endorsements, as were state Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher and Del. Lily Qi. Four county council members also added their support, including Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass, Sidney Katz, and Andrew Friedson.

It’s unusual for Rockville candidates to receive support outside the city, as Bethesda Beat previously reported. Feinberg is breaking those norms along with mayoral candidate Virginia Onley, who’s received her own high-profile endorsements in the last few weeks.

Council Member Will Jawando has pledged his support for Olney, as have state Sen. Susan Lee and Dels. Gabriel Acevero and Jheanelle Wilkins. Progessive Maryland, a grassroots advocacy organization, has also backed the candidate.

State delegate runs 70 miles to support inmate re-entry

State Del. Lorig Charkoudian, whose district includes Silver Spring and Takoma Park, will run 70 miles from Hagerstown to Baltimore this weekend to raise money for re-entry mediation — a service that helps former inmates reintegrate to life outside prison.

Charkoudian has completed the run for the past five years to support Community Mediation Maryland, the nonprofit for which she serves as executive director. Funding goes toward the organization’s re-entry mediation program, which allows inmates to meet and reconnect with loved ones before their release.

Charkoudian begins the two-day run at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown and ends it at the Community Mediation Center in Baltimore.

“The run is a metaphor for the challenges of re-entry (2 mountains, non-stop rolling hills),” she wrote in a Facebook post. “As challenging as it is, I know it does not come close to the actual challenges of reintegrating after incarceration.”

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